KICK, the agency for LGBT African Americans, is holding a spirituality summit on Sunday, May 7. Registration is from 9-10 a.m and a continental breakfast will be served. Lunch is provided and the entrance is free.
“Many seek to have a relationship with a higher power but due to mischaracterizations of God, people remain separated from and hurt by their institution of worship,” said Lewis L. Smith, minister-in-training and summit committee member. “Healing Detroit is a unique opportunity to have significant dialogue to address spiritual and religious values among the LGBT people of faith and greater community.”
Healing Detroit is an African-American LGBT initiative developed to address barriers and social constraints that have impacted the growth and development of Detroit’s black LGBT community.
The agenda for the day’s activities includes two sessions. The morning session, “Teaching God’s LGBTQ Children,” seeks to educate the community as to what the Bible says about homosexuality. It includes a panel discussion of the seven scriptures that address homosexuality: Genesis 19:4-8, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:22-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-10, and Jude 1:5-7.
The afternoon session, “Teaching ALL God’s Children,” will be a panel discussion about the black church and homosexuality. Topics will include “Conceptions & Misconceptions,” “Gays in the Church,” and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: A Church Tradition?”
Healing Detroit is made possible by a grant from the Arcus Foundation. Current partners are SPICE, Affirmations, Equality Michigan, the Ruth Ellis Center and KICK. To register, email [email protected] or call 313-285-9733.